A safe working environment is a fundamental human right. It protects employees, who are more likely to be injured or killed at work than outside. It also helps employers protect themselves against claims of negligence and lawsuits, which can be costly. So, ISO 45001 2018 will make creating a safe working environment easy by providing standards that can be incorporated into any company’s risk management plans. A new standard was created to help companies improve their workplace safety culture. Besides, an ISO certificate is a prestigious seal of approval, and it helps to differentiate your company from others in terms of quality and reliability.
ISO 45001 can be implemented without major changes to your existing policies or procedures. However, you should always consult a qualified professional before taking action on any recommendation given here (or anywhere else). This certification takes care of the following aspects of a workplace:
1. Risk Assessment
Risk assessment is a process to identify hazards and risks in the workplace. It should be carried out as part of any workplace project and at the start of any new project. Risk assessments should also be done before any change is made to the work environment, such as moving equipment or changing how employees do their jobs.
2. Leadership and Governance
Leadership is about setting the tone for your organisation. So if you’re a leader, it’s your job to create a safe working environment where employees can thrive. This means making sure there’s no harassment or bullying taking place and that employees don’t feel like they have to put up with any bad behaviour from their coworkers or bosses. A good boss will also set aside time for training new employees, so they know how things work around there better than anyone else does too!
3. Management of Change
Planning for change is the best way to ensure a smooth transition and minimise confusion. And when it comes to making changes, you should always seek employee input, with their consent. You can also take advantage of an established plan for implementing change management strategies.
4. Performance Evaluation and Improvement
Performance evaluations should be conducted in a way that is fair, objective and consistent. Employees should have the exact expectations for performance across the organisation: if one employee gets more time off than another for being late (or doesn’t get reprimanded for coming in late), this sends the message that some employees don’t need as much discipline as others—and there’s nothing fair about that!
Training is a key component of risk management. It should be tailored to the needs of the individuals and the organisation and provided to all employees, including managers. Training should be provided in various formats, including online—where applicable—and in person or with video or audio recordings.
6. Emergency Preparedness and Response
- Preparing for emergencies is part of a company’s duty to its employees.
- An excellent way to prepare for an emergency is by having a safety plan covering all possible scenarios, including fire, earthquake and other threats.
- If you are caught in an emergency situation, there are steps you can take to keep yourself safe:
- Evacuate the premises immediately if you suspect something dangerous has occurred or been triggered (such as an explosion).
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) is one of the most important aspects of any business. A safe working environment free from hazards and risks is a fundamental human right, and ISO 45001 2018 will make it much easier to do this. As such, it helps you create a safe working space by providing guidance and tools to ensure that your company complies with relevant legislation and regulations, minimises the risk of harm from workplace hazards and risks, reduces injuries through training programs, and develops a culture of continuous improvement.